ETH is the native digital currency of a decentralized, open source computer network known as the Ethereum Network. The Ethereum Network, like the Bitcoin Network, records all transactions on a decentralized, transparent and immutable public ledger, known as a “blockchain”. The open-source Ethereum Network software code includes the protocol that governs the creation of ETH and the cryptographic operations that verify and secure ETH transactions. In contrast to the Bitcoin Network, the Ethereum Network goes beyond a peer-to-peer money system as it supports peer-to-peer contracts, known as smart contracts, as well as decentralized applications.
In 2013, Vitalik Buterin proposed the Ethereum Network as an open source platform that would significantly lower the entry barrier for developers to create their own smart contracts and decentralized applications. The development of the Ethereum Network, which is based on Buterin’s proposal, was ultimately spearheaded by a Swiss firm called Ethereum Switzerland GmbH. The Ethereum Network has a dedicated non-profit organization, Ethereum Foundation, which supports the ongoing development of the Ethereum Network. The Ethereum Network went live in July 2015.
Bitcoin (“BTC”) and ETH share many similarities. Both rely on underlying networks which have associated blockchains, utilize “private keys” and “wallets” to enable transfers and track ownership, facilitate the creation of new supply via “mining”, include software source code that governs the cryptographic operations that verify and secure transactions and allow participants in the network to modify the open-source software and persuade other users and miners to adopt the proposed modification.
Mining in the Ethereum Network is capped at 16 million ETH per year. Unlike for BTC, there is no aggregate cap on the total number of ETH that may be mined. There is a possibility that ETH miners will move from the current “proof-of-work” (“PoW”) protocol to a “proof-of-stake” (“PoS”) protocol, whereby miners settle and validate transactions according to the amount of coin they lock within the system. PoS protocols are desirable because they require a significantly lower amount of computing power and effort.
Like BTC, ETH can function as a means of exchange and/or a store of value. However, the value of ETH is often tied to the additional use cases for the Ethereum Network. Bitcoin and Ethereum are considered protocol layers because they are the foundations that facilitate actions on their respective blockchains, similar to how the internet protocol HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) facilitates communication over computer networks. On top of the protocol layer, there is an “application layer” where third party developers can create their own programs. A primary difference between the Bitcoin Network and the Ethereum Network is the ease of developing on the application layer of the Ethereum Network. Solidity, the language that allows developers to program applications that run on the Ethereum Network, is less restrictive compared to developing on the Bitcoin Network and allows for developers to program smart contracts, fungible and non-fungible tokens and decentralized applications.
Ethereum has blossomed into a technology that acts as more than just a cryptocurrency, intending to complement bitcoin rather than competing with it. The Ethereum network maintains smart contract functionality, a payment network, and an ecosystem to construct and install applications without a centralized authority.
Ethereum attracts developers because applications are utilized without central control, downtime, fraud, or third-party interference.
Today, Ethereum has multiple purposes, from payments to investment to innovation, even serving as collateral. Many investors and financial experts are talking about the digital currency’s potential to become the premier cryptocurrency.
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When you log into your Bitbuy account you will be automatically directed to the ‘Accounts’ section of your account. Click 'Express Trade' located at the top of the page if you are already logged in. To facilitate the trade, click the 'Sell' button which will appear in red.
Click the drop-down and search ETH to begin the sale.
Enter the amount of ETH that you wish to sell. The dollar value of your sale will be displayed below under ‘Transaction summary'. When you are ready, click the 'Sell' button to complete the transaction.
Sign into your Bitbuy account and you will be automatically directed to the 'Accounts' section. If you are already logged in, click on 'Accounts' in the bottom right corner of the navigation bar.
Locate ETH and click on the 'Sell' button.
Enter the amount of ETH you wish to sell. The value of your sell will be displayed at the bottom of the page. When you are ready to continue, click the 'Place Sell Order' button to complete your transaction!
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